Danielle's talk on medical error from TEDMED.
“Doctor, it’s taken so long to get this appointment with you.” This is the opening line of so many medical visits these days, and I find myself constantly apologizing to my patients for the delay. Even though both the patients and I know that it’s a systemic issue, it’s still front and center in our…
Just because money is a realistic consideration in medicine, doesn’t mean that we have to blindly accept all the consequences. There is a code of ethics in medicine that distinguishes it—or should distinguish it—from other businesses.
When my patient told me that he doesn't "do" vaccines, I decided to try to understand his reasons,
Twenty-four of the country’s 141 medical schools sport a donor’s name rather than the plain old university name. This trend is modest, but the pace is increasing, as are the number of eyebrows being raised.
Danielle Ofri speaks about doctors, patients, and the emotions that flow between....
“Someone had said you were a good doctor,” my patient said derisively, “but I was not impressed.” What had I done?
Irrational fears are highly contagious, and there's no vaccine for that. So just like in the hospital, we need to use universal precautions. Be skeptical of hype. Get your facts from reliable sources and keep things in perspective.
Although technically these are the little things, in a sense they’re actually the big things. Indeed, for some patients, the little thing may be the only thing that matters.
Physician suicide is no surprise: Doctors have the highest suicide rates of any professional group. But losing two of our newest members within a week of each other is a painful reminder of the dangers of our profession.